You might not think of your search for a job as being similar to the art of dating. After all, dating is supposed to be fun. Your efforts to find employment almost certainly are not.
But Julie Kantor, an author writing for the Huffington Post, recently wrote a column listing several reasons why a job search might feel like dating. And these reasons actually hold some of the job search strategies that you need to follow to increase your odds of enjoying a successful career search.
The Time Element
As Kantor writes, your search for a job is not a one-night stand. Just as any good relationship takes several months to develop, so does a successful career search.
You need to give yourself time to search job listings, tweak your resume and cover letter and network both in person and through social media sites like LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter.
And just as in dating, the more time and energy you devote to your job search, the better your results will be.
The Interview as the First Date
Kantor points to the job interview as a type of first date. During a first date, you want to showcase your best self; you want to market yourself as someone worth of a long-term relationship.
The same thing happens during a job interview. You want to convince companies that you are the best fit for their open positions. And to do so, you want to show off your best self: confident, calm under pressure, well-groomed and dressed, and knowledgeable.
Many of the character traits that make you a good date will make you a good hire.
The Follow-Up Call (or Letter)
If you have a nice date, it’s respectful to follow-up with a phone call and maybe a request for a second date. If you’ve had a nice job interview – or even a not-so-successful one – it’s important to follow up with a “Thank You” letter.
Sending letters to everyone who interviewed you will showcase your polite side. It will also give potential employers something positive with which to remember you.
We all know that it’s more fun to go on a date than it is to search for a job (unless your dates are particularly disastrous). But that doesn’t mean that you can’t use your dating skills in your efforts to find employment.
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